I’m a nineteen year old author working on a young adult novel. I’ve gotten good feedback on it from writing teachers and when I finish with it, I want to submit it for publication. When I am done, what is my first step in figuring out how to market it and submit it to publishers?
Thank you,
Dana Read More

Here is an exciting opportunity for young writers who have been working on their long form fiction:

Hunt for the Next Popular Novel is on!

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is pleased to promote the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, presented by our sponsor Amazon.com. Amazon.com, along with Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace, announces the third annual international competition seeking the next popular novel. For the first time, the competition will award two grand prizes: one for General Fiction and one for Young Adult Fiction. The 2010 competition will also now be open to novels that have previously been self-published. Each winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin, which includes a $15,000 advance.

Visit www.amazon.com/abna to learn more and apply.

2007 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Silver Medal Portfolio winner, Jeanette Anderson, will be published in issue 44 of the British Literary Magazine, Mslexia. Her poem “Untitled” will be part of the Skin-themed New Writing Section. As a quarterly publication, issue 44 will be available in January 2010. This is her second publication.

While in High School, her poem “Biographical Tenth of a Cento” (which won a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Silver Medal in 2006) was published in issue 36 of the British Literary Magazine, Magma. Seamus Heaney and Billy Collins were featured in that issue.

Launched in 1999, Mslexia is for “women that write.” Mslexia strives to address the difficulty that women face in the publishing world. Mslexia won the Outstanding Contribution to Literature (Magazines) Award in 2006 and was a runner up in 2008. Jeanette has always enjoyed the submission process, despite the prevalent rejection letters. She has been submitting to Mslexia for several years and–at twenty–is so ecstatic that she will be published.